MQM files application to sit on opposition benches

Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP) struggled to keep its grip on power as Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) submitted formal applications on Monday to sit on opposition benches in the both houses of the parliament.

In Senate, The application was submitted by MQM Senator Tahir Mashhadi to the Chairman Farooq H. Naik while the MNA Haider Abbas Rizvi filed the application for the same purpose to Speaker National Assembly Dr Fehmida Mirza.

Talking to mediamen after submitting the application, Haider Abbas Rizvi said his was no longer a coalition partner in the centre.

But MQM, he declared, would not shun the policy of reconciliation, adding that keeping in view the current circumstances, a party decision regarding the future of coalition in the Sindh could also be expected soon.

Earlier, MQM had announced that it was quitting the ruling coalition in the centre in protest over the rising inflation, recent hike in petroleum prices and deteriorating law and order situation in the country. The party has 6 members in the upper house of the parliament.

PPP government lost its parliamentary majority on Sunday after the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) announced it would go into opposition because of what it said government economic policies that are “unbearable” for Pakistanis.